Have You Cleaned the Air Filter in your Furnace Lately?

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

If you haven't cleaned the air filter in your furnace lately, do so! Our a/c stopped working yesterday, and I couldn't figure out what was wrong, so I called an HVAC person to come out and have our furnace & heat pump serviced. Turns out, our air filter was so clogged that you couldn't see through it, which is why the vents had no pressure at all. During the winter, the electric coils were coming on because of the clogged filter, which explains why our electric bill was obscenely high all winter. We never noticed it wasn't working then, because the coils made up the difference. But, now that the weather is getting so hot, the a/c was becoming a necessity--yes, necessity--and to my dismay yesterday, it wasn't working. Now I know how to clean an air filter, so it will be something I will do every 3 months on my own, and save myself that service call fee. I'm glad we had the system serviced, however, because our new buyers would have most likely requested that at inspection anyway. Other than the air filter, the system looked great! --Karli

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